Retailers

Marsh agrees to settle labor complaint

February 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Marsh Supermarkets Inc. has agreed to pay a total of $42,500 to settle a National Labor Relations Board case accusing the grocery chain of interfering with workers’ attempts to unionize.
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UPDATE: Borders files bankruptcy, to close 2 area stores

February 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Borders will close its downtown-Indianapolis and Carmel stores as part of its plan to shutter about 30 percent of its stores nationally.
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Retail sales rise again despite severe weather

February 15, 2011
Associated Press
Shoppers pushed retail sales up for a seventh straight month in January, but the increase was the weakest since June.
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Inspectors find Indiana tobacco sales to minors declining

February 14, 2011
Associated Press
A partnership called the Tobacco Retailer Inspection Program said Monday that sales of tobacco products to teen-agers occurred in less than 4 percent of more than 8,400 inspections.
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Dreyer & Reinbold expanding racing operations

February 10, 2011
Scott Olson
Carmel-based team is building a 12,000-square-foot addition at its headquarters that will house a state-of-the-art machine shop outfitted with high-tech milling machines manufactured by Indianapolis-based Hurco Cos.
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Indianapolis customers line up for Verizon iPhone

February 10, 2011
Sean Morrison
Customers waiting outside the Verizon Wireless store in Castleton early Thursday wanted two things: iPhones and warmth.
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Entrepreneurs plan microbrewery for Fountain Square

February 9, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A group of entrepreneurs plans to open Fountain Square Brewing Co., possibly this summer, in a former carburetor-repair shop.
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HHGregg reports higher profit, lower same-store sales

February 8, 2011
Scott Olson
The Indianapolis-based appliance and electronics retailer lowered its fiscal 2011 outlook on soft demand for pricier televisions and appliances.
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Indiana lawmaker pushes Sunday sales of alcohol, cars

February 5, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana shoppers would be able to buy a six-pack of beer or a new car on Sundays if state Sen. Phil Boots is successful in rolling back two of the few remaining blue laws still in effect in Indiana.
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Simon Property's quarterly profit rises on improving retail sales

February 4, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Earnings for the Indianapolis-based shopping mall owner increased to $217.9 million in the fourth quarter, up from $91.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2009. Funds from operations, a key measurement used by real estate investment trusts, also improved.
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Settlement struck in HHGregg dryer lawsuit

February 2, 2011
Scott Olson
The deal, which could become final next month, stems from a lawsuit brought by a group of consumers accusing the Indianapolis-based appliance retailer of improperly installing dryer vents.
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Bill advances to set 40 as Indiana's alcohol ID age

January 26, 2011
Associated Press
The bill would change a much-ridiculed law that took effect last summer requiring everyone — regardless of age — to be carded for carryout alcohol.
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Family Dollar plans 350 jobs in northeast Indiana

January 19, 2011
Scott Olson
A $70 million investment in a new distribution center by the North Carolina-based discount retailer is expected to create up to 350 jobs. The facility should be operational by spring 2012.
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Lego plans first Indiana store for Castleton Square

January 15, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The roughly 1,200-square-foot shop is scheduled to open in late March or early April.
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Marion, Ind., chain balloons to 620 mobile-phone storesRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Cory Schouten
The chain’s growth got a boost last year when it landed a deal to operate 164 cellular shops inside HHGregg stores.
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Marsh hit with second federal labor charge

January 7, 2011
Scott Olson
National Labor Relations Board accuses supermarket chain of intimidating employees at its Beech Grove store for supporting an attempt to unionize. The charges follow a similar complaint NLRB made in November involving Marsh's Georgetown Road store.
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OfficeWorks acquires competitor’s local operations

January 7, 2011
Fishers-based furniture dealer and office space designer is purchasing the assets of Columbus, Ohio-based Continental Office Environment's Indianapolis location on East 33rd Street. Both companies are Herman Miller dealers.
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HHGregg shares slide on lower earnings outlook

January 6, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Indianapolis-based appliance and electronics retailer attributed its lower outlook to weak demand for new video technology products. Sales of LED and 3-D televisions were less than expected while sales of lower-priced TVs were higher than anticipated.
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Spending data show strong December sales

January 5, 2011
Associated Press
Americans spent more on clothes, shoes, luxury goods and electronics in December than a year earlier, according to data released Wednesday.
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Marsh in Shelbyville among latest stores to close

January 5, 2011
Scott Olson
The supermarket chain has closed a store in Rushville and will shut others in Shelbyville and Connersville by the end of February. The closures will leave Marsh with 97 stores, about half of which are in Indianapolis.
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Goodwill angles for donations during weak economy

January 1, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The recovering, yet-still-weak economy puts charity retailer Goodwill in a sweet position. Consumer spending is up, so more old stuff makes its way to thrift stores. At the same time, high unemployment means the bargain hunters are still out in force.
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Santa feeling stays with shoppers after Christmas

December 27, 2010
Associated Press
People hit the stores after Christmas to buy, indulging the rediscovered retail appetite that may have made 2010's holiday shopping season the biggest ever.
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Strong holiday sales give Finish Line a boost

December 22, 2010
Scott Olson
The company said on Tuesday sales at stores open more than a year rose 4.5 percent from Nov. 28 through Dec. 19 compared to the same period a year ago.
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Retailers scout new Indy-area locations

December 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Several restaurants, including three pizza chains, and an adult-oriented retail store are planning new locations around the city.
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Naysayers place big bet HHGregg will stumbleRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
Greg Andrews
Traditional analysts are high on the electronics retailer, but short-sellers, those who profit when a stock falls instead of rises, couldn't disagree more.
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